Rain gardens are a lovely way for homeowners to help ease water problems due to storms. It is a garden, planted in a low area of your yard to catch run off water from rain. A Rain Garden can be created in 7 easy steps.

Step 1: Location, location, location.
Avoid creating your garden too close to your home because of potential flooding in your house. Choose a low spot in your yard that is in the sun.

Step 2: Determine the size
Will rain from your sidewalk or driveway drain into your garden? Measure all areas that will drain into your rain garden. Use the following guidelines to ensure the ideal size for your garden:

Soil type     Multiply by
Sandy            20%
Loam             30%
Clay               45%

Step 3: Create a Design
Use paper and pencil to sketch a unique design or layout for your garden. If design isn't your forte, consider hiring a local landscape designer to help you.

Step 4: Plants, plants, and more plants
Choose flowers and other plants that are well suited for your climate and grow well in both wet and dry areas.

Step 5: Lay it Out
Use your design to shape and form the boundaries for your garden.

Step 6: Prepare the Soil
Remove grass and dig your garden 4-8 inches deep. Mix the soil with 2-3 inches of compost.

Step 7: Plant, Mulch, and Water
Plant your flowers and grasses. Apply mulch 2-3 inches deep, using wood chips that won't float or blow away.Water your garden every other day for 2 weeks, if it doesn't rain.